Rogers wins debate tournament

Jim Reeves
Contributing Writer     

   Chad Rogers, a junior from Bentonville, Ark., recently won the International Public Debate Association national title at the Pi Kappa Delta debate competition held in St. Louis, Mo. The tournament was held over spring break, from March 16-20

   Rogers debated nine rounds before he was named the Pi Kappa Delta national champion in the International Public Debate format. His rise to the top culminated in a landslide win over a competitor from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

   When questioned about his recent success, Rogers proudly exclaimed that it was “the greatest feeling ever!” 

   Teammate Brian Rauls, after witnessing Chad’s victories firsthand, said, “It was pretty cool to see – out of 72 teams – Chad run straight through all the out rounds and go on to win the tournament.” 

   However, Rogers claims that, even after winning a national title, the highlight of the tournament was debating alongside his father in the open debate division.

   Rogers transferred to the University of Arkansas - Monticello from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Miss., in the fall of 2004. Rogers  said he has always admired UAM’s debate team and enjoyed the friendly competition the two schools always shared. He was especially drawn to UAM because of the distinguished debate program Vice Chancellor David Ray had established. Finally, Rogers aspired to debate under UAM’s current coach, Scott Kuttenkuler, because he admired the manner in which he debated and hoped to learn a more persuasive style.

   It is quite obvious that Rogers’ decision to debate for UAM was an excellent choice for his development as a nationally-ranked debater and for the exceptional standing UAM’s debate team enjoys due to his – and every other member’s – talent and dedication.

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